Scottish National XC Relays – 22/10/16

On Saturday the 22nd of October a contingent of runners made their way to the scenic Cumbernauld for the Scottish National XC Relays. Conditions were ideal and the 4km course was suitably challenging and there was an Olympian or two – the makings of a good race. There was a full men’s team, two full women’s teams and incomplete men’s and women’s teams gracing the course.

It is common manners to let the ladies first so it was down to the girls to “soften” the course for the men (i.e. make it nice and muddy for them- they wouldn’t want it too easy). The first women’s team came home in 1:02 claiming a respectable 11th place overall- first leg runner Annabel Simpson being the 6th fastest woman on the day! Taking over from the ladies the men’s team – Alastair Thurlbeck, Rory McMillan, Gregor Gillespie and Gavyn Chalmers finished in a combined time of 53 minutes putting them in 22nd place overall- not shabby at all gents.

Well done to everyone who ran. Sorry I can’t mention you all but you all put in a craic-ing effort! Hopefully the next race will be just as successful.

Words by Katrina Ballantyne

DAAA XC Relays – 15/10/16

On Sunday 16th October, GUHH headed to a somewhat soggy Helensburgh for the DAAA XC relays. Despite pelting rain Ellie Waugh, Brian Ward and Andrew Wallace started proceedings with 2 laps of what was essentially a short (3.6KM), sharp ascent of the hill, wheezy decent and ‘tricky burn crossing’ which turned out to be a small stream with an enormous tree branch lying right across the middle. Luckily no ankles were broken.
Brian put in an incredible run, coming 2nd in the first lap in a time of just 14.15, closely followed by Andrew for our mixed team (17.27) and Ellie for the women (18.07). Michael, Gavyn and Alex came next for Men’s A, all putting in fantastic laps in 15.03, 13.02 & 15.05 respectively and despite the initial concern that Alex might burn out half way round due to being ‘SO, SO PUMPED’ all was well and the Men secured 3rd Men’s Team overall. And despite his ridiculously long limbs and quick lap, annoyingly, Gav missed out on fastest lap by just 15 seconds. Rebecca ran second for the women, putting in a strong performance in just 17.25 and true to form El Capitan herself brought home a speedy final lap in 16.30 to win 2nd Women’s Team overall. Juliet and Maggie put in great runs for the Mixed team despite the awful weather in 20.14 and 19.17 respectively and GUHH acquired a new friend for the day in the form of Central runner Melissa Robinson who ran a strong final lap in 17.40 – cue much cheering and try and warm ourselves up.

Overall, a great day for the Hares and Hounds, winning medals for both men & women’s teams as well as the U20 prize for ‘Fastest Women’ going to Katrina.
Lessons learnt – running up hill, however small the hill is unpleasant, large branches should be avoided and down jackets, however warm they may be, do not withstand pouring rain, turning a once bubbly social secretary into a soggy sponge. Oh, and WE HAVE MORE FUN THAN YOU. Brilliant runs all round were rewarded by beer & burgers, proving that friends who run together, get fat together too.

Words by Ellie Waugh

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Stirling Freshers XC – 12/10/16

On the afternoon of 12th October, 16 of our keenest Hares & Hounds headed to Stirling for the annual Fresher’s Cross Country and first official race of the season.

For anyone old enough to remember BUCS 2014 (i.e. only Ellie and Alastair) this is a course that insights flashbacks of mud baths, pain and tears. To anyone else is it a fairly straightforward, undulating 2.8km loop with nice views of Dumyat hill & the Wallace Monument – or at least that’s what they all thought when we walked the course.

Our boys kicked off proceedings with Martin Lynas absolutely smashing his lap to make 10th place in just as many minutes (in 10.01 to be precise) maintaining his lead on his chaser from Strathy who came in just 1 second later. Next came Guinness Gillespie in a strong 10.09 for 13th place and our very own Forrest Gump, Brian Ward bouncing across the line in 10.18 and 16th place.

As the girls watched in horror at the speed the men were completing their laps in came Euan Rose in 10.46 (21st) Nicolas Daval in 11.01 (25th), Callum Smith in 11.11 (28th) Ruaridh Campbell in 11.24 (33rd) Christopher Stevens in 11.33 (38th), Callum Ferguson 11.43 (41st) and Rhys Walker in 12.12 (45th).

This was the debut for all the guys running for the Hares & Hounds and all put in strong performances to put GUHH in 4th place over – just 6 points short of placing However, most importantly, the men did us proud, beating the Haries by a whopping 58 points.

Typically as the girls lined up the rain which had been threatening all day decided now was the time. Heather Addison put in an incredible run in 11.55 to come 4th overall and despite the fact that those sneaky Haries tried to claim her for themselves by recording her run for EUHH we can confirm that she knew the only way was craic & gold.

El Capitan herself, Katrina Ballantyne came in 8th in 12.09 swiftly followed by Izzy Rayner for her debut GUHH run in 12.42.  Audrey Ayres’ ultra-training came in handy as she made it in in just under 13 minutes with 12.54 to secure 16th place, followed by a wheezing Ellie Waugh in 13.31 (21st) and Maggie Harger in 13.59 (25th)

The girls ran well, securing 3rd women’s team overall, despite some confusion other who was running for who.

With Scotland’s very own Olympian Andrew Butchart giving out the prizes – much to the excitement of some of our ladies and one man from Stirling who asked for an autograph rather than a prize – a massive thank you is due to Stirling for hosting another fantastic fresher’s run. Also big well done for everyone who represented the club and took part, you did good!

Words by Ellie Waugh

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Round the Houses 10k – 10/04/16

On the morning of Sunday the 10th April, 18 of our most enthusiastic Hares & Hounds set off to Grangemouth for the annual Jim Dingwall Memorial, Round the Houses 10k.

The course itself remained unchanged from previous years, a flat course circuiting the Grangemouth industrial estate and (as the name suggests) around the local houses, the ideal conditions for a PB.

Upon arrival everyone was in good sprits, with good weather and a welcome lack of hills after a heavy weekend in the Isle of Man, setting us up for an enjoyable race.

On great form as usual, Alastair Thurlbeck put in a stunning performance to secure 10th place overall in a time of 32.46. A new PB for our incoming Captain. Gavyn Chalmers, Grant Boyne and  Mark Sutherland followed closely in 24th, 25th and 28th places respectively, all coming in under 34 minutes to complete the Glasgow University Men’s A Team.

Fanni Gyurko stormed the course in 34.46, taking 3rd place for the women overall, not far behind came Annabel Simpson in Black and Gold in just 35.44 for U20 women and Sarah Laverty (running under her own name this time after the glory of being Iona Gatenby) in 36.26.

Just 8 seconds later our resident Dr, Adam Stark crossed the line and Callam Scott followed suit, coming in with a new PB at 37.41.

Canada’s finest, Zander Affleck was next over the line with Murdo Traill, Ross Martin, Duncan Ng and Maxim Yan Muk all bringing in strong finishes for the boys.

For the women, outgoing Captain, Lisa Christy was just behind Zander, finishing in 40.28 and a Soop fuelled Katrina Ballantyne kept on Team Boy Murdo’s tail to finish in an impressive 42.32. Hannah Miller put in a strong performance after an impromptu sign up, followed by Ellie Waugh, Lucy Deeny and Juliet Hill, completing the Hares & Hounds finishes.

Despite the ever looming presence of the Haries (again, we couldn’t hear them sing!) Glasgow put in a stellar performance, with Alastair taking 1st U20 male and Sarah and Annabel taking prizes for U20 women.

Not only this but Glasgow won 1st prize for both Men and Women’s University teams, demonstrating to Edinburgh that although we might be loud & obnoxious, we’re not always at the back.

Once again, a massive well done to everyone who raced, we did Glasgow proud!

Words By Ellie Waugh

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DAAA 5k Track Champs – 22/03/16

Hares and Hounds dominated the 5k track race, our favourite race of the year.  With so much excitement for the race and not so much as a murmur of complaint the guys got ready to start the most scenic 5k known to man.  Gavyn took banter start to the extreme maintaining it for a whole 5k cruising across the line and making it look like a walk in the park.  Grant beasted his last race as captain claiming second place with Mark Sutherland Adam Stark not far behind, all finishing in phenomenal times.  Will showed that it’s not the running but the turning up which counts as he won the U20 prize, something we’re sure he celebrated later that night by getting ‘loose and liberal’.

After realising that this wasn’t a baking party the girls made their way to the start line.  Marie-Louise Bonzon and Emma Ball were particularly nervous for their first race but both smashed the 5k showing how much their training this year has paid off- we promise that other races are much more fun!  The cookie monster herself Lisa showed the rest of us that she’s dought-not hanging around when it comes to running round in circles to be the 1st Glasgow woman back with a new PB.  Katrina followed Gavyn’s example and banter started the race completing the first 1k in a crazy fast time and being the second Glasgow woman to finish the 5k! Mairi Gilmour put us all to shame as she ran a stormer of a race despite having completed 2 hill races at the weekend….Mairi we salute you!  Lauren Gane and Ellie Waugh, our fave bakers, crossed the line within seconds of each other after being released from the clutches of the beer bar and its apple juice.

Special mention to Mr Instagram Neil for the pictures and flapjacks and Alastair Thurlbeck whose time keeping skills were on fleek – if running fails you can always become a timekeeper.

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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Clydebank 5k – 19/03/16

On Saturday the 19th of March an army of craic and bold took to the stage in the ‘scenic’ Clydebank for a 5k.

The mythical hammer-wielding Alastair Thor’ Thurlbeck thundered home in a god-like time of 15.38 and 16th overall.  Shortly followed by Gavyn in a PB of 15:41 (he was clearly eager to dish out twos to the other runners) coming in in 17th.  Grant thoroughly enjoyed himself and came in in 15.57 and giving a cheeky thumb up en-route.  Adam, Will, Tom Hartley and Zander all gave outstanding performances and came in sub 18 minutes.  Sarah swooped in to claim the U20 prize in a cracking 17:58.  The chase was on between Gage, Mark, Lisa and Katrina who all finished within 30 seconds of each other.  A pelaton of Connel, Megan, Hannah and Lauren Cowan all achieved sub 21.15 times.  Billie, who decided to sign up on the day (legend), came in in 22.02.  Audrey and her dodgy pelvis zoomed across the line in 22.48 (probably desperate for paracetamol).  Juliet continued her racing streak knocking 43 seconds off her PB finishing in 23.09.

Excellent performances all round guys, with many PBs to be had!

Words by Lisa Christy and Katrina Ballantyne

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Alan Scally Road Relays – 31st October

The Allan Scally Memorial Road Race, or “Scallies” as it is affectionately known by the Glasgow running community is a long standing institution and a big part of the city’s running heritage. Allan Scally himself was an internationally distinguished Shettleston runner and, amongst many other achievements, held the world 10 mile road race title for a number of years in the early 30’s. After his competitive career was over he continued to be heavily involved with the development of talent for Shettleston Harriers. After he tragically passed away in 1964 his family and friends decided to host an annual race in his memory, to allow his legacy to live on.

Fast forward to October 31st 2015, Halloween, and the 44th edition of Scallies. In recent years the race has played host to the Scottish Student Sport road relay championships and thus, when coupled with the friendly folk of Shettleston Harriers, leads to a competitive yet relaxed race day atmosphere. The race is contested over 4.8 mile legs winding there way through the suburban paradise that is Ballieston.

Sixteen Hares and Hounds made there way to the race, with three mens teams and a womens team, plus Juliet who kindly helped a team out who were short of a runner.
Come two o’clock and wearing the black and gold on the start line were Alastair Thurlbeck, Duncan Ng, Maxim Yan Muk and Mairi Gilmour. Off they went, with all four looking strong as they disapeared into the distance down the first hill. Part of the novelty of Scallies is the wait, relatively long relay legs that never come back past the start/ finish make for a tense wait in the autumnal sunshine. Before too long the wait is over and the freakishly long legs of Thor come striding into view as he storms over the line in 4th place, releasing El Capitan onto the course. The sight of Thor bent over bringing his bagels back up is a triumphant one, a stunning first leg effort from our beast in residence.
A couple of minutes pass and then the multiple gurns of Duncan Ng round the bend and as he cruises over the line Adam Stark sets off. Hot on the heels of Duncan was Mairi Gilmour with a look of steely determination on a usually smiling face. Worth it though as she passed over the line two minutes quicker than last year. Lisa Christy headed off into the distance, and Maxim appeared. Maxim was making his debut in the Black and Gold and did us proud with an excellent lap. As he crossed the line another debutant, Murdo Trail, strode into battle.

With all the second leg runners now out on the course, the wait was back on. With the field spread out by now, there was an almost constant stream of runners and Grant Boyne was soon home and dry after yet another solid race from our ever dependant Captain. His arrival heralded the unleashing of this seasons form guy, Gavyn Chalmers. True to form he flew out of the blocks, and proceeded to run a stunning lap. Shortly afterwards Adam Stark apppeared from behind the trees to round off a solid lap. Canadian Adam Stark (Zander), a now ever present feature in the black and gold, sped off for leg three. It didn’t take long for Lisa to come into view, at the end of a spectacular leg. As ladies captain, Lisas running is going from strength to strength this season, and is undoubtably leading by example. Mrs. Enthusiastic (Katrina) bounded off to complete the Ladies trio for the day. At this point Murdo rounded the final bend, with Shettlestons Mr. Tewolde hot on his heels. If we ignore the fact Mr. Tewolde was finishing the third leg, Murdo had a stunning sprint finish against one of Scotlands finest athletes. The race went to the wire, but with the borderline manic cheering from the rest of the team pushing him on, beating Mr. Tewolde over the line in a photo finish. The ever present Gage Willox followed Murdo’s grand finale, having cycled straight from work (did someone say hero?). Almost under the radar, Juliet Hill set off for an excellent lap following her lovely temporary teammates. Juliet, like Zander, has run most races this semester so far, and is fast becoming a key member of the club with a promising future in the Black and Gold.

With all four third leg runners out on course, our scholar in residence, Johanness Arens, put down his book, climbed down from the SkatePark and unwrapped his mighty legs. As Gavyn powered over the line Johannes set off for a storming lap to bring home the bacon for the Mens A Team. Without warning the marshals called the remaining fourth leg runners to the start line, and amidst the panic Tom Callan had to slip out of his role of team motivator and drag his legs around a final lap in the dying light. Finding himself in a no mans land between A and B team times, he managed to run a minute quicker than last year to round off a strong B Team performance. In order to speed up proceedings our ringer, a young man from Bellahouston, was already out on course as Gage materialised.

It didn’t take long for the whole team to be reunited and we walked back up to the high school for the prize giving. An extremely successful day out for the Hares and Hounds, with the guys collecting 3rd Overall and 2nd Univeristy, and our lovely ladies collecting 3rd Univeristy Team. Special mention to Alastair Thurlbeck whose storming run earned him the third fastest university leg of the day. I feel we should extend our congratulations to the Haries of Edinburgh Univeristy who won both of the univeristy prizes on the day, but I am worried about them. They run some incredible laps across the board, but there is no discernable cheering, little to no craic kicking around and a distinct lack of banter.

Lets hope the Braids social changes our opinions, and bring on the Scottish Unis Cross Country in a few weeks time.

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Words by Tom Callan

Freshers Week 2015

Our Freshers Run is on Thursday the 17th. We’ll be meeting at 5.30pm just outside the Stevenson Building (the gym). We’ll have 3, 5 and 7 mile runs suitable for all abilities. All the runs will be led and back marked by club members, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost.

We’ll also be at the Sports Fayre so stop by for a chat to find out more about the club! The Sports Fayre is held in the Stevenson Building from 10am – 5pm on Tuesday the 15th and from 10am – 4pm on Wednesday the 16th.

 

BUCS XC 2015 – Brighton

On 30th January a group of enthusiastic Hares and Hounds runners settled into a whole 12 hours of bus travel all because of our commitment to be part of one of the biggest races in the calendarb – BUCS cross country, which this year was held in Brighton. After our epic journey we settled into a night in our seaside accommodation before, you guessed it, another bus to the start line.

The first team to race were the boys A team of Alastair Thurlbeck, Lachlan Oates, Kerrick Hesse, Tom Callan, Alistair Little and Will Bryant. The boys coped with the hilly 12km course fantastically, and one of the most exciting moments was seeing Lachlan briefly leading in the Glasgow colours. He finished in a very respectable 30th with Kerrick behind in 49th. Alastair Thurlbeck was third home for Glasgow in 79th. An overall team position of 16th reflects a great performance from everyone in a large field of excellent runners.

The second race was a 6.4km loop for the girls who competed well, against the now even muddier course, and were led to the finish by Lisa Christy, in 147th position, with a time of 28:37. This was followed by Orla Chapman , and then close behind her Mairi Gilmour, followed by Penny Timms. Good races all round allowed us to secure 32nd position as a team. Particularly impressive was Stephanie Breunig who secured an excellent time for her first ever cross country race!

Then we came to the final race of the day an 8km Men’s B Race in which Neil Wilson and Duncan Ng competed against the most rainy weather and most muddy conditions of the day to finish with two strong performances and excellent positions of 249 and 345 respectively.

All in all it was well worth the journey. A special mention must go to all committee members who helped with the organization of the trip, not least our captain Grant Boyle who, even though he unfortunately could not run due to injury, made it all the way down to cheer us on.

Words by Orla Chapman